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Kohli tops ICC rankings as best test batsman

Kohli tops ICC rankings as best test batsman

Did they not learn that match practice is the key to winning Test series, especially overseas? Hardik Pandya tried to keep India in the game but he was eventually the last man dismissed, falling to Ben Stokes.

Now, the match may be over but the "mic drop" seems to be gping nowhere.

Virat Kohli broke new ground by topping the International Cricket Council Test batting rankings for the first time in his career when the latest edition was published Sunday.

India under Kohli gives the impression that they have resources to be gallant travellers, but they seldom look convincing.

However, he will not be able to play in the second test against India at Lord's this week and next. India is ranked the number one Test team.

"If Virat Kohli is not the best batsman (in the world), he's very close to it. So if he takes time off, no quarrel with that at all but he needs to understand that he is exceptional but the others are not", Gavaskar said.

There were other freakish decisions taken by the Team India management on the South African tour. So, it was expected of him to reply to Joe Root's ODI mic-drop with the one in the Test series. There were 14 days in between. "It was a similar dominance near the end of Stan McCabe's glorious double-century at Trent Bridge in 1938 that caused Captain Don Bradman to summon his players onto the balcony with the words; 'You will never see anything like this again.'" Chappell wrote.

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"I always used to say pick someone on their character more than what they are showing in county cricket".

The 29-year-old, who also leads the one-day worldwide standings, becomes India's highest-ranked test batsman with 934 points.

"They deluded themselves, and everybody, by saying they have been in England for a month".

He made questionable selection calls in South Africa, notably not picking Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but visible in those decisions was an all-consuming urge to get a win, even if it meant going against conventional wisdom and popular opinion. "They should have played at least two three-day games and proper first-class games". Former New Zealand skipper Brendon Mc Cullum (302 runs) and BJ Watling (124 runs) came up with a 252 run stand for the 6th wicket, which was a record. They then went on to win on a brute of a pitch in Johannesburg. Both know each other's game too well and it is a case of which one seizes the opportunity first. "So if previously you've scored runs there is no reason you can't now".

He had struggled in the first three Tests of the South African series, averaging just 23.67. "The need of the hour now is to strengthen the batting". The way he played the first and second innings was high-class stuff. You've to bat well. Former cricket legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Nasser Hussain, Ian Chappell, Mike Brearley and Trevor Bayliss shared their opinions on India's performance in the first Test. Seven of those 20 wickets came from Ashwin, and given the abundance of left-handers England have, he is likely to be a threat throughout the series.

Thereafter, the bitter English conditions overpowered them and lost the remaining three Tests by massive margins without a semblance of fight.


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